Oh. It’s okay. They were asking for money.
Vox Nova enters the realm of liturgy when one of its contributors posts that he and his wife gave a homily at parish Masses this past weekend. I see the comments have disappeared, at least from the perspective of my browser. Too bad; a little liturgy controversy is always good for a thirty percent swell in site hits.
The most recent Roman legislation pretty much clamps down on canons 766-767, which permitted a broad possibility of lay preaching if the bishop approved. Or didn’t complain. Finance committees and pastors often seem to agree that if lay people can’t talk about the Scriptures or liturgy (homily) or some aspect of morals (sermon) and if they can rake in the stewardship results better than Father, money seems to soothe a wide swath of liturgical sin.
Personally speaking, I don’t see why the decision for lay preaching shouldn’t rest with the local bishop and the careful discernment of the parish pastor. As it stands, the approved place for a lay money talk is before Mass or before the final blessing. Like it or not, the clergy get the captive audience after the Gospel.